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Vanessa Hudgens has only recently come around to feminism, thanks to Beyoncé! Appearing in Broadway's, Gigi, Hudgens told the New York Times that she didn't always believe in feminism because she didn't feel it was affecting women the right way. "I used to be on the fence about it," she said to the Times, "just because I feel like it gets to a certain place where it almost has the reverse effect, where it's so overpowering and so aggressive that it's like rather than just standing up for female pride and female rights, it becomes, like, 'I am the man.'" But after some of her High School Musical fans came out to see her onstage, she had a change of heart about »
It’s not unusual to gain high expectations about your high school career from movies. Obviously, children of the newer generations should assume not everyone would bust out into song and dance a la High School Musical — the same way pre-teens during the release of Grease accepted their sad, songless fate. But that doesn’t mean people don’t fall for the other myths movies perpetrate. The biggest offender? ’80s movies. Here are 10 things classic films made you expect from high school.
1. You’ll be in detention with someone from each social clique.
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And you’ll realize, hey, we’re not so different after all.
2. Someday, someone will hold up a boombox to woo you.
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Except, boomboxes don’t really exist anymore, so, probably not.
3. You, or a friend, will realize they’re secretly a witch.
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And you’ll both finally be hip.
4. Your high school crush will »
Glee is, above all, a completely unique pop artifact. When it burst onto the television and music scenes in 2009, it seemed like a truly terrible idea. Television musicals had been attempted before, of course, but never successfully, and it seemed as though Glee was just riding the waves of successful Disney Channel products like High School Musical. This was a show about teenagers in a high school singing and dancing, after all. To say that the show could have been a colossal disaster is an understatement, and it certainly doesn’t describe what Glee was and what it became. It also doesn’t make sense to call Glee a tremendous success, as it would have been easy to label it following its first and maybe even its second season. From there, the show dovetailed and more than occasionally became a parody of its earlier success. Make no mistake though, when Glee was succeeding, »
- Joseph Allen
Vanessa Hudgens previewed her upcoming role in the Broadway revival of iconic musical Gigi in a role once played by acting legend Audrey Hepburn. The performance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” sparkled, boding well for the show. Hudgens, who broke out as an actress in Disney movie “High School Musical,” and its sequels has solid skills that should translate well to the stage. The new musical, adapted by Heidi Thomas and directed by Eric D. Schaeffer, played the Kennedy Center for a month in January and February with Hudgens in the lead role. [...] »
Vanessa Hudgens is ready for summer! The "High School Musical" alum showed off her much shorter tresses via Instagram on Wednesday, while posing for the camera with her new 'do on display. "Who needs a lob when you can have a bb (blunt bob)!! Thanks to my boo @kristinabarricelli @gemini14salon," Hudgens captioned the candid snap. We are loving this cut on the former Disney star -- the bob perfectly frames Vanessa's face (in comparison to her previous long extensions) and her nude makeup and outfit are also on point. The 26-year-old has been keeping busy these days, too. The brunette beauty is currently starring on Broadway in the musical "Gigi," and she even stopped by "Good Morning America" on Wednesday to show off her killer singing skills. We can't wait to see what this gorgeous gal does next! What do you think about Vanessa's new blunt bob? Tell toofab »
- tooFab Staff
Check out that ridiculous view. No we're not talking about Vanessa Hudgens' amazing New Zealand vacation ... we're talking about her crazy bikini bod! The "Spring Breakers" star took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a snap from her recent getaway to the rugged destination and gave us a look at her toned physique. "New Zealand I will miss you. It's been such a beautiful adventure ❤️ »
- tooFab Staff
Vanessa Hudgens is proof that vacation does a body good. The actress showed off her fit physique in a nude-colored bikini in an Instagram photo of her trip to New Zealand, which she posted on Wednesday. "New Zealand I will miss you. It's been such a beautiful adventure," she captioned the photo of her wading in the water at Bethells Beach. The High School Musical star also shared a photo of herself basking in the country's Karekare Falls and promised to post more pictures of her trip on her personal Tumblr page. New Zealand #karekarefalls #alwaysadventuring More pix coming soon »
- Ana Calderone, @anacalderone
So long High School Musical! Vanessa Hudgens is taking on the Great White Way in a new Broadway revival of Gigi. In the musical production, whose previews start March 19 and opens April 8, the former Disney star plays the lead, titular role, a free-spirited Belle Epoque Parisian girl being groomed as a courtesan. Complete with boas and silk ensembles, Hudgens, 26, appears to truly transform into the glamorous and fun role alongside costars Victoria Clark and Corey Cott. During a pre-Broadway review, Variety gave the Spring Breakers [...] »
With an all-star cast that includes Chris Evans (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Michelle Monaghan (Due Date) and Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Playing It Cool is an offbeat romantic comedy from debut feature director Justin Reardon and is described as Swingers meets 500 Days of Summer.
Check out the trailer below:
Playing it Cool is this generation’s ‘Swingers’ meets ‘500 Days of Summer’, a fresh and quirky story of a slight pretentious man, our ‘narrator’ (Evans), who falls for an unlikely girl, ‘her’ (Monaghan), and will stop at nothing to get her even after realizing she is already in a relationship. Like a young ‘Walter Mitty’, it tells the story of a quarter-life crisis amidst figuring out who you are and what your destiny holds.
- Luke Owen
Vanessa Hudgens is showing off her super hot body! The "Spring Breakers" star flaunts her killer abs in the latest campaign for Bongo's Spring 2015 collection. The 26-year-old star looks gorgeous in the latest crop of photos for the junior lifestyle brand. The new collection, titled "The Best of Vanessa's Style," is inspired by the "High School Musical" alum and her signature bohemian style. The collection, which she helped design, is full of crop tops, pencil skirts, colorful kimonos and denim shorts. "It was so exciting to team up with Bongo to create the spring collection, inspired by my very own personal style," the brunette bombshell said in a statement. "All the pieces are styles that I love to wear, like matching crop tops and pencil skirts, cute motorcycle jackets and asymmetrical skirts. What I love most about this collection is that it allows you to be whoever you want to »
- tooFab Staff
A former finalist on “So You Think You Can Dance,” she’ll play one-third of a deadly love triangle
The story follows high school sweethearts Amanda (Gray) and Connor, who are very much in love. When Amanda learns she’s pregnant with Connor’s child, she’s understandably upset, but her »
- Jeff Sneider
Fox has announced the first casting for its upcoming Grease live musical, with Julianna Hough (Rock of Ages) set to portray Sandy Olsson and Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) securing the role of Rizzo.
“Grease is one of the movies that made me want to be an entertainer, and I have literally been waiting my whole life to play Sandy,” states Hough (via EW). “My siblings and I watched it and played it out over and over when we were kids. This is my dream role and performing it live on television will be one of the most thrilling opportunities I’ve had in my career so far.”
“Being Rizzo is something I’ve never imagined, and I love that because it will be a new challenge,” adds Hudgens. “She is such an iconic character that continues to transcend generations. I cannot wait to bring her to life on live television. »
- Gary Collinson
NBC's "Peter Pan Live!" may not have been a smash, but Fox's previously announced "Grease: Live" is still moving forward with both a premiere date and pair of female leads. Fox announced on Saturday (January 17) that Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens will take key roles in "Grease: Live," which will be based on both the original musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, but also the 1978 feature adaptation. "Grease: Live" will air on Fox on Sunday, January 31, 2016. So yes, that's a long time for Hough, Hudgens and the yet-to-be-announced castmembers to get prepared. Blurbs executive producer Marc Platt, "'Grease' is one of the most treasured and favored pop culture phenomenons of our time. It's fun, it's endearing and we are so excited to reimagine this iconic story with a shared entertainment event suited for today's audience." Hough will play the lead role of Sandy, virginal new girl at Rydell High. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Tell me about it, stud. Julianne Hough will be saying that iconic line when she tackles the role of Sandy in Fox's Grease: Live, which is set to air in January 2016. Joining the Dancing With the Stars judge is Vanessa Hudgens as iconic bad girl Rizzo. While they are currently the only cast members, casting is currently underway for the musical's other major roles, including Danny Zuko. And we've got a few ideas on which actors could possibly fill John Travolta's legendary T-Bird leather jacket... Justin Bieber: Oh, come on, you know you'd watch. All of America would watch. Zac Efron: Thanks to High School Musical and Hairspray, Efron is the first young actor's name most »
NBC had huge success with "The Sound of Music Live" two years ago, pulling 18.5 million viewers for the one-off event. Yet while many know "The Sound of Music" off by heart, inexplicably the network chose the far less popular or even known stage musical version of "Peter Pan" for a follow-up.
Understandably, the ratings fell with just 9.1 million viewers tuning in for that broadcast. At the TCA Winter Tour presentation this week, NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt put the blame for the failure on the lack of star power and the lack of awareness of "Peter Pan" as a stage musical. They also suggested either "The Wiz" or "The Music Man" for their next attempt.
If there's one musical movie as ubiquitous and well-known as "The Sound of Music" though, it's "Grease" and Fox announced plans today for a live television production of "Grease: The Musical". The broadcast plans to »
- Garth Franklin
Just a day after NBC announced that the network's next live musical will either be The Music Man or The Wiz, Fox revealed at their Television Critics Association panel Saturday that they too will enter the live musical arena in January 2016 with a "re-imagining" of the Fifties' rock n' roll musical Grease.
Julianne Hough will fill the Olivia Newton-John role of Sandy in what executive producer Marc Platt called "a shared entertainment event suited for today's audience," while Vanessa Hudgens will don the character Rizzo's Pink Ladies jacket, Entertainment Weekly reports. »
We've got chills—and they’re multiplying!
Julianne Hough has been tapped to go from shy school girl to a sexy seductress in the upcoming performance of Fox's Grease: Live.
I'm So excited to be joining the cast of #GreaseLive as Sandy! #Fox January 2016 :) #tellmeaboutitstud
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"Grease is one of the movies that made me want to be an entertainer, and I have literally been waiting my whole life to play Sandy," Hough said in a Fox press release. "My siblings and I watched it and played it out over and over when we were kids. This is my dream »
America, meet your new Sandy and RIzzo.
Fox has cast Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens as Sandy and Rizzo in its upcoming musical special “Grease: Live,” the network announced at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena on Saturday.
The network also said that it had cast “True Blood” alum Joe Manganiello, “Glee” star Lea Michele, Keke Palmer and Abigail Breslin in the upcoming Ryan Murphy-Brad Falchuk anthology series “Scream Queens,” with Ariana Grande signing on for a recurring role.
Also Read: The Scene at TCA: Funny, »
- Tim Kenneally
Fox’s live staging of Grease has found its Sandy and Rizzo — as well as a premiere date.
“Tell me more, tell me more,” you say? Well…
Dancing With the Stars alum/actress Julianne Hough will fill the role of Rydell High noob Sandy, while High School Musical grad Vanessa Hudgens will get a hickey (if not more) from Kenickie, as bad girl Rizzo.
The three-hour live musical staging, which was originally announced to bow this year, instead will be broadcast Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, starting at 7/6c.
Four words you didn’t expect to read today: "Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo.” Fox has found some intriguing stars for its live Grease primetime musical. Julianne Hough (Dancing with the Stars, Rock of Ages) will star as summer lover Sandy Olsson and Hudgens (High School Musical, Spring Breakers) has been cast as her scene-stealing bad-girl friend Rizzo. Still not cast: The show's male lead Danny Zuko. Fox promises to "re-imagine the hit crossover musical for an entirely new generation." »
- James Hibberd
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