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Raven Symone & Kenny Ortega Had A 'Cheetah Girls' Reunion & Barely No One Noticed!

Raven Symone & Kenny Ortega Had A 'Cheetah Girls' Reunion & Barely No One Noticed!

We can’t believe that we missed this tiny, but still amazing reunion with Raven Symone and Kenny Ortega!

Raven and Kenny ran into each other at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards last weekend, as Raven was promoting her new show, Raven’s Home and Kenny was with his super-talented Descendants 2 cast.

The two actually worked together on the sequel to Cheetah Girls, Cheetah Girls 2, back in 2006 — which, obviously was the best CG movie.

If you haven’t watched the second movie, we suggest you do that right now. It has the Cheetah Girls heading to Spain to take part in a music festival.

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EXCLUSIVE: 'Descendants 2' Director Kenny Ortega Calls Cast 'The Strongest Disney Channel’s Ever Had'

EXCLUSIVE: 'Descendants 2' Director Kenny Ortega Calls Cast 'The Strongest Disney Channel’s Ever Had'

Descendants 2 stars Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart and Sofia Carson performed a medley of “Ways to Be Wicked” from the upcoming sequel and their classic hit “Rotten to the Core” on Dancing with the Stars last night.

No surprise, they totally killed it, turned the whole crowd rotten and made us even more excited for the movie’s premiere this summer.

After the performance, we talked to D2 director Kenny Ortega backstage at DWTS, where he opened up to us about how the cast has grown since the first film and how you guys, the fans, played a major role in the creation of the upcoming film.

ICYMI: Descendants 2 is doing something that no Disney Channel show has EVER done before

“My cast, for one, they’re not only triple threat actors, singer, dancers, they’re partners. And every day they come prepared, passionate, excited and they help me raise the bar on ourselves,” Kenny told JustJaredJr. “They’ve grown so much as artists and everyone that’s seen the movie has said it’s the strongest cast the Disney Channel’s ever had.”

The strongest cast Disney Channel’s ever had? That’s a big statement coming from the man behind the High School Music trilogy.

One thing that’s changed since Kenny taught us we’re all in this together is how fans use social media. The director says Descendants fans voicing their opinions about the characters and the movie on the Internet greatly influenced how they approached the sequel.

“We didn’t really go at it to make it bigger or better [than the first movie], what really motivated us were the fans. The fans embraced us internationally and they’re very vocal on social media, so they let you know what they love. They let you know what they want more of, they let you know where they want to go back to,” Kenny said. “So they’re not writing the movie, but they really help sort of set you in the right direction and what we wanted to do is we wanted to fill their expectation and then go beyond, and I hope we have.”

More than 11 years after HSM premiered, the director says he feels “superb and lucky” to be back with Disney Channel for another musical saga that inspires a new generation.

“I feel very lucky and humbled,” he confessed.

Catch all the wicked goodness when Descendants 2 premieres on July 21, 2017.

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EXCLUSIVE: 'High School Musical' Director Kenny Ortega Talks Casting An Unknown For 'HSM4'

EXCLUSIVE: 'High School Musical' Director Kenny Ortega Talks Casting An Unknown For 'HSM4'

Kenny Ortega might not be directing the next installment of High School Musical, but he definitely has some pull when it comes to the franchise.

The famed director, who is also behind Descendants and Descendants 2, talked with JJJ on the red carpet at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards about casting an unknown actor for the flick.

“I would think that we’re just gonna go out there and find the greatest talent that we can,” Kenny told us.

He adds that they have to “be ready for it. Ready for the experience and have the fearless determination to do something great.”

ICYMI: Kevin Quinn, Bailee Madison and more other young stars are definitely interested.

Watch the 'Descendants 2' Cast Announce the Summer 2017 Premiere Date!

Watch the 'Descendants 2' Cast Announce the Summer 2017 Premiere Date!

Get your calendars ready – Descendants 2 finally has a premiere date!

The cast – Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart and China McClain, and the movie’s director / executive producer / choreographer Kenny Ortega – announced the exciting news with a cute video, which you can watch below.

The highly-anticipated DCOM sequel will premiere on Friday, July 21 @ 8PM.

Not only that, but it will air across five networks!

You’ll be able to watch it on Disney Channel, ABC, Disney XD, Freeform, and Lifetime.


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'Descendants 2' Cast Tweets Sea Plane Adventure Co-Piloted By Jedidiah Goodacre

'Descendants 2' Cast Tweets Sea Plane Adventure Co-Piloted By Jedidiah Goodacre

The Descendants 2 cast are back on the mainland after a days of flight to Victoria Island in Vancouver, Canada.

Director Kenny Ortega documented the flight on his Instagram, sharing pics of the flight which was co-piloted by Jedidiah Goodacre. He plays Chad Charming in the film.

“Tell my mother I love her,” Cameron Boyce joked with a pic of Jedi in the cockpit of the sea plane. Sofia Carson added later, “@jedigoodacre thanks for the flight copilot.”

“We did it!!!!!!! Survived our flight…. Co-piloted by none other than our very own @jedigoodacre ???????? THANK YOU VICTORIA, now back to filming in Vancouver,” Dianne Doan wrote.

Check out the video Dove Cameron shared earlier in the week of another sea plane flight to Victoria Island below!

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Sofia Carson Celebrates One Year Since 'Descendants'!

Sofia Carson Celebrates One Year Since 'Descendants'!

Sofia Carson is looking back at her time on Descendants.

The 23-year-old actress, who of course played Evie, the daughter of the Evil Queen, celebrated one year since the Disney Channel Original Movie’s release!

“One year ago today, we shared our story with you,” Sofia wrote on Instagram. “And what a year it’s been…Evie changed my life forever. I am forever thankful. And forever #RottenToTheCore. #1yearofdescendants #descendantsfamily.”

Director Kenny Ortega also acknowledged the day, writing on Instagram, “What a way to begin a new chapter! Thank you Fans for an incredible year. Your love, enthusiasm and support is felt by each and everyone of us! #descendants2 is cooking.”

Read the rest of Kenny‘s post below:

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Chelsea Kane & Abigail Breslin Glam Up DGA Awards 2016

Chelsea Kane & Abigail Breslin Glam Up DGA Awards 2016

Chelsea Kane kicks up her heel on the red carpet as she arrives at the 2016 Directors Guild Of America Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday night (February 6) in Los Angeles.

The 27-year-old Baby Daddy actress joined Abigail Breslin at the annual ceremony and winner Kenny Ortega.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Chelsea Kane

Kenny picked up the award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs for Descendants — the same award he won in 2008 for High School Musical. Congrats, Kenny!

FYI: Chelsea wore Randall Scott Fine Jewelry. Abigail wore Jerome C. Rousseau heels, an Ella McHugh handbag, and Sylva & Cie Moonstone studs.

25+ pics inside of Chelsea Kane, Abigail Breslin and Kenny Ortega

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Dove Cameron & Sofia Carson Wish 'Descendants' Kenny Ortega Luck Ahead of DGA Awards 2016

Dove Cameron & Sofia Carson Wish 'Descendants' Kenny Ortega Luck Ahead of DGA Awards 2016

The 2016 Directors Guild of America Awards are in less than an hour and Kenny Ortega is up for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs for Descendants.

Two of his Descendants stars, Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson, are sending luck his way, hoping he’ll win.

“1st walk around the set of #disneydescendants w @kennyortegablog back in May of 2014…GOOD LUCK TONIGHT YOU FABULOUS MAN. You deserve this! #DGAs,” Dove wrote with a throwback pic.

Sofia added, “Dear Kenny? My heart is with you tonight at the #directorsguildawards. Thank you for the magic you created in #disneydescendants ???? You are the winner in our hearts, today and always. #directorsguildawards #dganominee.”

Good luck, Kenny!

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