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Kenny Ortega on Making Musical Magic With Julie and the Phantoms: "I Couldn't Be More Proud"

Kenny Ortega on Making Musical Magic With Julie and the Phantoms:
We're calling it now: Julie and the Phantoms is about to become the next big musical phenomenon. After directing iconic Disney Channel franchises, like High School Musical and Descendants, Kenny Ortega is making musical magic yet again with his latest Netflix project. The series, which is based on the Brazilian series of the same name, follows a young girl named Julie (Madison Reyes) with a passion for singing who ends up befriending a musical group of ghosts. What results is a crazy journey, filled with heartwarming storylines and flashy performances.

While the new series stays true to the original in "spirit and in basic concept," Ortega notes he was given a lot of freedom to make it his own. "The producers of the original Julie e os Fantasmas said, 'Take liberty and have your experience with this title,'" he told Popsugar. "So, we were given a no boundaries kind
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Julie and the Phantoms Trailer Conjures the Ghosts of a Dead Boy Band on Netflix

Julie and the Phantoms Trailer Conjures the Ghosts of a Dead Boy Band on Netflix
Netflix has released the first trailer for Julie and the Phantoms. This new musical series comes from Kenny Ortega, best known as the man behind the High School Musical franchise. In this case, he is heading back to his song and dance roots, this time with a little bit of a genre spin. The show is "about embracing life's ups and downs, following your dreams, and discovering the power of your own voice." But it also involves ghosts.

The trailer opens up with our title character getting ready to give a performance, though she is clearly a bit hesitant to do so. We quickly come to find she has suffered a great personal loss with her mom passing away. Things get supernatural in a hurry as several ghosts pay Julie a visit. Ultimately, they end up helping Julie through her musical journey. It very much has the vibe of a Disney Channel musical,
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Julie and the Phantoms Trailer Gets on with the Show

Julie and the Phantoms Trailer Gets on with the Show
“You only live once but you can rock forever,” promises the tagline in the first trailer for Netflix’s Ya musical series Julie and the Phantoms. To which we say…rad.

Julie and the Phantoms is a nine-episode series set to arrive to Netflix on September 10. It follows high schooler Julie (Madison Reyes) struggling to regain her passion for music after the loss of her mother. Thankfully, some rockin’ ghosts from the distant past (1995) will soon arrive to help out. Check out the first full trailer below.

“Why have you been keeping those cute boys a secret?” one character asks. Why indeed, Netflix? This looks to be a charming Ya adventure, which makes sense as it comes from Kenny Ortega – the director and choreographer behind High School Musical. Netflix official description for the series reads:

“High schooler Julie (Madison Reyes) lost her passion for music after her mom died last year.
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Netflix’s ‘Julie and the Phantoms’ Trailer Teases a Musical TV Show With a Ghostly Twist

Netflix’s ‘Julie and the Phantoms’ Trailer Teases a Musical TV Show With a Ghostly Twist
Netflix has released the official trailer for Julie and the Phantoms, a new TV show from executive producer Kenny Ortega (High School Musical) and choreographer Paul Becker (Descendants). The new show combines a coming-of-age story with music and — wait, let me check my notes here — ghosts, resulting in a sweet story about a teenager trying to find her voice in the wake of her mother's passing. [caption id="attachment_923678" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Netflix/caption] The trailer for Julie and the Phantoms is as heartwarming as it is fun. We're introduced to Julie (newcomer …
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Julie and the Phantoms: Netflix Musical from High School Musical's Kenny Ortega Gets First Trailer

Julie and the Phantoms: Netflix Musical from High School Musical's Kenny Ortega Gets First Trailer
If you're missing High School Musical during these tough times, then Netflix would like a word.

The streamer has dropped the first trailer for Julie and the Phantoms, a nine-part musical series, and it has a lot of heart.

High schooler Julie (Madison Reyes) lost her passion for music after her mom died last year.

But when the ghosts of three dreamy musicians from 1995 suddenly appear in her mom’s old music studio, Julie feels her own inner spirit beginning to reawaken, and she's inspired to start singing and writing songs again.

As their friendship with Julie grows, the boys convince her to create a new band together: Julie and the Phantoms.

From Emmy and DGA Award-winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega and choreographer Paul Becker comes a fresh and exciting new musical series about embracing life's ups and downs, following your dreams, and discovering the power of your own voice.
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Madison Reyes Looks Like She’s ‘Seen a Ghost’ – and for Good Reason – in ‘Julie and the Phantoms’ Trailer (Video)

Madison Reyes Looks Like She’s ‘Seen a Ghost’ – and for Good Reason – in ‘Julie and the Phantoms’ Trailer (Video)
“High School Musical” director Kenny Ortega is going back to high school — and music — in upcoming Netflix series “Julie and the Phantoms.”

On Wednesday, the streaming service released the trailer for the upcoming Madison Reyes series, which Ortega will direct.

Julie and the Phantoms” follows high schooler Julie (Reyes), who lost her passion for music after her mom died last year. But when the ghosts of three dreamy musicians from 1995 suddenly appear in her mom’s old music studio, Julie feels her own inner spirit beginning to reawaken, and she’s inspired to start singing and writing songs again. As their friendship with Julie grows, the boys convince her to create a new band together: Julie and the Phantoms.

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In addition to Reyes and her backup phantoms, the streaming
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Netflix Has Added 4 New Movies/TV Shows Today

Netflix Has Added 4 New Movies/TV Shows Today
It’s the start of a new week and Netflix is kicking it off with four fresh titles being added to its library – two new movies and two new TV shows. And it’s a varied bunch of content, too, delivering something for children, comedy fans, romance lovers and, for film buffs, one of the best movies of the 2010s.

Without further ado, here are all the titles coming to Netflix today, Monday, August 10th:

Julie and the Phantoms (Season 1) Nightcrawler (2014) Game On: A Comedy Crossover Event (Season 1) The Lost Husband (2020)

Julie and the Phantoms is a Brazilian musical series aimed at teens that follows a young girl who rediscovers her love of music after the death of her mother. Kenny Ortega, the man behind such Disney classics as High School Musical and the Descendants trilogy, directed several episodes, and Descendants choreographer Paul Becker is also involved. So, if you
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TV News Roundup: ‘Power Book II: Ghost’ Sets Premiere Date, Starz Drops First Trailer (Watch)

TV News Roundup: ‘Power Book II: Ghost’ Sets Premiere Date, Starz Drops First Trailer (Watch)
In today’s TV news roundup, Starz reveals the official trailer for “Power Book II: Ghost,” and Freeform gives a first look at “Love in the Time of Corona.”

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Starz has released the official trailer for “Power Book II: Ghost,” which premieres on Sept. 6 at 9 p.m. The new ten-episode show is an extension of the “Power” series, picking up as Tariq St. Patrick begins to cope with the death of his father and his mother facing charges for a murder he committed – all while attending an Ivy League university. Tariq eventually turns to the drug trade to pay for his mother’s legal fees and discovers that the only way to avoid ending up like his father is to become an even better version of him. The cast includes Michael Rainey Jr. as Tariq St. Patrick, Naturi Naughton as Tasha St. Patrick, Mary J. Blige as Monet Stewart Tejada,
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‘Julie and the Phantoms': Watch Madison Reyes Sing With Her Trio of Hunky Ghosts in Netflix Series’ First Music Video

‘Julie and the Phantoms': Watch Madison Reyes Sing With Her Trio of Hunky Ghosts in Netflix Series’ First Music Video
Netflix’s “Julie and the Phantoms” debuts in September, and Netflix dropped a music video for a cute acoustic track “Edge of Great” featuring the four stars Tuesday.

Premiering Sept. 10, the series stars Madison Reyes as highschooler Julie, who meets a trio of three ghostly musicians Charlie Gillespie, Owen Patrick Joyner, Jeremy Shada who inspire her to start making music again.

Here is the synopsis:

High schooler Julie (Madison Reyes) lost her passion for music after her mom died last year. But when the ghosts of three dreamy musicians from 1995 suddenly appear in her mom’s old music studio, Julie feels her own inner spirit beginning to reawaken, and she’s inspired to start singing and writing songs again. As their friendship with Julie grows, the boys convince her to create a new band together: Julie and the Phantoms.

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19 Movie and TV Casts That Reunited Remotely During Coronavirus, From ‘The Goonies’ to ‘Full House’ (Photos)

19 Movie and TV Casts That Reunited Remotely During Coronavirus, From ‘The Goonies’ to ‘Full House’ (Photos)
It’s not just your old high school and college buddies that are using stay-at-home quarantines during the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to reconnect with you over Zoom. The casts and teams behind over a dozen beloved shows or films have reunited remotely in recent weeks just to pass the time. Many of the stars are doing conversations for charity, while others are staging full remote episodes or special performances just to perk up a fan’s day. In case you missed them earlier, here are all the reunions that took place since the shutdowns began, and we’ll add more as they inevitably take place.

Chuck

EW rallied the cast and crew of the NBC comedy series “Chuck” to not only reminisce about the show but also perform a table read of a fan-favorite episode from, the ninth episode of Season 3, “Chuck Versus the Beard.” Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski,
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Netflix Nabs Faith-Based Musical ‘A Week Away’ With Bailee Madison & Sherri Shepherd

Netflix Nabs Faith-Based Musical ‘A Week Away’ With Bailee Madison & Sherri Shepherd
Adding to its growing slate of family-friendly films, Netflix has secured the global distribution rights to A Week Away, the faith-based musical starring The Good Witch’s Bailee Madison, Kevin Quinn (Adventures in Babysitting), Sherri Shepherd (Ride Along 2) and David Koechner (Anchorman).

Based on an original idea by Alan Powell and directed by Roman White, the pic centers around Will Hawkins (Quinn), a troubled teen who has a run-in with the law that puts him at an important crossroad: go to juvenile detention or attend a Christian summer camp. At first a fish-out-of-water, Will opens his heart, discovers love with a camp regular (Madison), and a sense of belonging in the last place he expected to find it.

Additional cast includes Jahbril Cook, Kat Conner Sterling, and Iain Tucker. The film, which was shot in Nashville, will feature reimagined songs from some of the biggest hits in Contemporary Christian
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‘The Magicians’ Grand, Expensive Musical Tribute to ‘Les Miserables’ Won’t Be Its Last

‘The Magicians’ Grand, Expensive Musical Tribute to ‘Les Miserables’ Won’t Be Its Last
The Magicians” went into battle on Wednesday night and pulled out the ultimate weapon: a Broadway musical song.

In the episode, Fillory’s High King Eliot (Hale Appleman) is about to enter into mortal combat with the King of Lauria, who has never been defeated. Eliot’s right-hand magician and partner in every crime imaginable Margo (Summer Bishil) gives him a pep talk and reminisces about how well he did in a production of “Les Miserables.” Inspired by that success, she used magic to force him and others to perform the number “One Day More” from the musical in order to get him pumped up for his duel.

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“I just had this idea that going into a life and death battle, there is a great tradition in feudal societies of soldiers
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Premiere picks up dance drama 'Breaking Brooklyn'

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Premiere picks up dance drama 'Breaking Brooklyn'
Exclusive: Paul Becker directs the story of a homeless dancer and his brother.

Premiere Entertainment Group (Peg) has acquired international sales rights to the family holiday film Breaking Brooklyn.

Louis Gossett Jr and newcomer Colin Critchley, Nathan Kress and Madeleine Mantock star in the story about a homeless young dancer and his brother who are taken in by an old Broadway showman when their father is arrested.

When one of the young men learns that their new guardian could lose his theatre, they enter a dance contest to save it.

Paul Becker directs and Elie Samaha, Donald Kushner and Missy Valdez are the producers.

Peg CEO Elias Axume launches sales in Berlin at the European Film Market (Efm) this week and brokered the rights acquisition with Samaha.

The sales slate includes psychological thriller You Were Never Here starring Mireille Enos and Sam Shepard; crime drama The Preppie Connection; and family drama We Don’t Belong Here with Catherine Keener
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InDepth InterView: Karen Olivo Talks Murder Ballad, The Good Wife, Upcoming Projects & Looks Back

Today we are talking to one of Broadways brightest new marquee names all about her Tony Award-winning work in the recent revival of West Side Story, as well as originating roles in Lin-Manuel Mirandas In The Heights and Brooklyn before that, with a special emphasis on her work in the new Manhattan Theater Club rock musical Murder Ballad - the engaging and emotive Karen Olivo. In this career-spanning chat, besides filling us in on the themes, style, story, music, characters, casting and overall creation of the original musical she is currently co-starring in with Will Swenson Off Broadway, Murder Ballad, now in previews and running through December 16, Olivo also opens up about many of her other most memorable roles in past productions, ranging from her work in the Broadway production of Rent all the way to last seasons straight comedy By The Way, Meet Vera Stark to her current work
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Paul Becker on the Job of ‘Breaking Dawn’ Choreographer

Paul Becker on the Job of ‘Breaking Dawn’ Choreographer
Broadway World has a rather interesting interview with Paul Becker, the man behind all of the choreography in Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and Part 2. Here Paul talks about getting the job, working with Bill Condon, and even getting a cameo appearance in the film. Read more below:

PC: You appear at the memorable wedding in Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1, do you not?

Pb: [Laughs.] Yes. Actually, it was really funny – as you know, Bill Condon, the director, wrote Chicago and so he brought me in to choreograph Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and Part 2. And, so, I showed up on set and we were all having a good time, and, then, when I showed up on set for the last day of filming, where we were doing the big wedding scene, and I go into my trailer and I find there is a suit there. So, I say to the Ad, “Why is there a suit in there?” and, she says, “Bill Condon wants you to get into wardrobe.” And, I say, “What?! What do you mean ‘wardrobe’?!” And, so I put on the suit and I go onset and Bill is there and he puts his arm around me and says, “I got you in Chicago and now I’m gonna put you in this one.” And, so, he put me in the scene.

PC: What a great story.

Pb: Yeah, it was really fun. It was nice of him to do that.

PC: How did you get involved with Bill on Twilight in the first place? Was it just the Chicago connection?

Pb: I’m not sure – we never actually met on Chicago, but my girlfriend Sharon Leal was in Dreamgirls that he directed so she had known him. I had never met him before Twilight, though. One of the producers called me – I just got a random phone call one day and someone said, “Bill Condon saw your material and he would like to meet with you.” And, so, I was actually filming the TV series Hellcats at the time, in Vancouver, so I just went over to the Twilight set and I could not believe how hi-security it was – I mean, you could not get on the set!

Read the full story at Broadway World here.

Thanks for the tip Amy!
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Mia Maestro and Christian Camargo Practive Dance Moves for the ‘Breaking Dawn’ Wedding

Mia Maestro and Christian Camargo Practive Dance Moves for the ‘Breaking Dawn’ Wedding
Previously we posted a video of Ashley Greene and Jackson Rathbone rehearsing some dance floor moves for the big wedding reception scene in Breaking Dawn – Part 1. Now Breaking Dawn choreographer, Paul Becker, has released another video, this one featuring Christian camargo (Elezar) and Mia Maestro (Carmen) as they practice their dance moves for Edward and Bella’s big day. Check out the video below:

I absolutely love how much work really went into the wedding reception when realistically it was such a tiny part of the film, yet a scene that was truly awesome all the same. It looks like Mia and Christian had quite a bit a fun with the dance rehearsal too! I’d love to have to practice this kind of thing before it’s filmed.

What did you think of the dance rehearsal video with Mia and Christian?

Thanks for the tip Tea!
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InDepth InterView: Paul Becker Talks Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Ben Vereen Documentary, Upcoming Films & More

Today we are talking to a terrifically talented triple-threat who has graced the silver screen in Chicago, as well as in the TV productions of The Music Man, Once Upon A Mattress and in many stunt and dance double roles in his career thus far who has since become the protge of dance extraordinaire Kenny Ortega and broken out on his own with a string of striking and memorable sequences in entities as diverse as TVs Hellcats and the recent feature films The Cabin In The Woods, Sucker Punch, Mirror, Mirror and Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 - gifted dancerchoreographerdirector Paul Becker. Talking about many of his most memorable past projects and filling us in on his many current and future ones - Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2, a Ben Vereen documentary, an original movie musical titled Stage Fright, a James Gray film featuring Jeremy Renner and Marion Cotillard, a Lifetime movie
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Review: Mirror, Mirror

In December, I had the pleasure of teaching fairy tales to seniors and we explored how the basic stories have been told and retold around the world and through the ages. The core concepts remain vital and can withstand wildly varying interpretations. Before Walt Disney began cementing a single version of each tale in the global consciousness, they were adapted time and again based on the culture and need of the ages.

I was reminded of this all over again when prime time offered us both Once Upon a Time and Grimm, which were vastly different takes on some of the most beloved fairy tales. The former obviously owes a lot to its corporate masters, Walt Disney, but even so, the versions of Snow White, the Queen, Pinocchio, and so on do not identically match their animated counterparts. Grimm uses the fairy tales as a launching point and goes in a wildly different direction.
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Interview: Paul Becker Talks Sucker Punch, Hellcats Choreography

Interview: Paul Becker Talks Sucker Punch, Hellcats Choreography
Read our exclusive interview with choreographer Paul Becker, who has created routines for movies, television shows, concerts and music videos. His recently created choreographed such films as ‘Sucker Punch’ and ‘Hanna Montana: Best of Both Worlds.’ Becker also serves as the lead choreographer on the CW cheer leading series ‘Hellcats.’ Besides being a choreographer, he also serves as a horror movie movement consultant, and has worked on such films as last year’s ‘My Soul to Take’ and the upcoming ‘Cabin in the Woods.’ Becker discusses with us, among other things, how he creates the choreography, and how his mentor, director and choreographer Kenny Ortega, influences his work. Shockya (Sy): You...
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