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'Descendants' Director Kenny Ortega's Dog Manly Passes Away, Disney Stars Send Their Love

'Descendants' Director Kenny Ortega's Dog Manly Passes Away, Disney Stars Send Their Love

We are very sad to report that Kenny Ortega‘s beloved pup Manly Boi “Wildcat” Ortega has passed away at the age of 12.

The Descendants and High School Musical director/choreographer shared the news on his Instagram on Tuesday (July 24) and received an outpouring of love.

Stars from both Disney franchises offered their love and condolences, including Manly‘s High School Musical co-star Ashley Tisdale. He played her pup Boi in the second and third films.

“My heart hurts 💔 he was by far my favorite costar to date,” Ashley wrote. Kenny replied, “@ashleytisdale He [had] the biggest crush on you all through his life. Proud to know you! ❤️”

Many members from Kenny‘s films, including High School Musical actors Monique Coleman, Jared Murillo, and Matt Prokop, Descendants actors Kristin Chenoweth, Melanie Paxson, Brenna D’Amico, and Jadah Marie, as well as Rocky Horror star Laverne Cox all shared their love. See what they said in the gallery below.

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Kenny Ortega Sends Love To Cast & Fans After 'Descendants 3' Officially Wraps

Kenny Ortega Sends Love To Cast & Fans After 'Descendants 3' Officially Wraps

It’s officially official – Descendants 3 is wrapped!

Director Kenny Ortega was the first to break the news to fans on his Instagram, sharing a few images from the set and a few lovely messages to go along with it.

“DESCENDANTS 3 It’s A Wrap! We wrapped it all up at 6:00 AM this morning in #LynnCanyon. A grateful heart full of thanks to the #disneychannel and my Cast and Crew. It has been the greatest gift working in partnership with you all!” he wrote, with a pic of him at the location.

He added another message later with one of the final images of the core four – Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce and Booboo Stewart.

“You better believe there is a lot of love underneath all that rotten! It’s a wrap on Descendants 3! The Descenders and Fans have been in our hearts and thoughts throughout these months of development, rehearsals and filming. We truly hope we’ve served your expectations!”

Check out his other Instagram below!

Kenny Ortega Keeps The Yawn Jar Going on 'Descendants 3'

Kenny Ortega Keeps The Yawn Jar Going on 'Descendants 3'

The Yawn Jar is still going strong!

Director Kenny Ortega has brought the famed jar back for Descendants 3, as the movie starts filming in Vancouver.

If you don’t know, Kenny came up with The Yawn Jar when first filming High School Musical, and whoever – cast or crew – yawned, they had to give a dollar. At the end of filming, all the money goes to Make-A-Wish.

“13 years ago, while filming High School Musical, I started a Yawn Jar. For every yawn I caught from my Cast & Crew I collected a dollar for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and at the end of production I would match the pot,” Kenny shared on his Instagram over the weekend.

“We would then present the collection to the foundation. Disney has sponsored so many Make-A-Wish children on my sets over the last nine movies,” he adds. “I’m thrilled that the tradition has continued on into Descendants 3. Thanks to my loving Cast & Crew for their yawns!”

Love that this tradition is going strong!

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Cameron Boyce Receives Pioneering Spirit Award at Thirst Gala 2018

Cameron Boyce Receives Pioneering Spirit Award at Thirst Gala 2018

Cameron Boyce poses with his award backstage at the 2018 Thirst Gala held at The Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday (April 21) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The Bunk’d star was presented the Pioneering Spirit Award for his work with The Thirst Project by his co-star and BFF Karan Brar and his Descendants director Kenny Ortega.

There was a little High School Musical reunion that night with stars Monique Coleman and Olesya Rulin with director/choreographer Kenny.

Also in attendance were host Michelle Monaghan, Power Rangers co-stars RJ Cyler and Dacre Montgomery, Laura Marano, Garrett Clayton, siblings Thomas and Brielle Barbusca, Steven R. McQueen, On My Block‘s Ronni Hawk, Famous In Love‘s Niki Koss, Sophie Reynolds, Luke Benward, Tegan Marie, and Candis Cayne.

FYI: Michelle wore an Alice Temperley dress. Garrett wore a Topman suit. Dacre wore head to toe Salvatore Ferragamo. Olesya is wearing a Majorelle dress from Revolve and Manolo Blahnik shoes. Cameron is wearing a Gucci suit, a Topman shirt, and an Issey Miyake tie. Niki is wearing a Bronx and Banco dress, Windsor Smith shoes, Amyo Jewelry necklaces, and a Gabriel New York ring and earrings.

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'High School Musical' Stars Monique Coleman and Lucas Grabeel Would Be Up For THAT Movie Reunion

'High School Musical' Stars Monique Coleman and Lucas Grabeel Would Be Up For THAT Movie Reunion

Last month, the internet lost it when a fan-made High School Musical trailer made its way online again.

The visual saw the core six Wildcats reunite in many different ways and had us all screaming at our screens and shooting off emails to Disney to make THIS movie asap — and it looks like at least three of the stars of the first three movies would be up for it.

KayCee Stroh was one of the first to share the trailer on Twitter, so she’s in.

And so is Lucas Grabeel: “Yeah, I saw it. Kenny Ortega tweeted it and I watched it. It’s great,” he told J-14.


Lucas added, “Yeah, of course. If Disney calls, my door is always open. We work well together.”

Monique Coleman, aka Taylor McKessie, would be in too.

“Honestly, I would do that movie!” she shared with AfterBuzz in a recent interview.

We all know that director Kenny Ortega is in, too. He did say he’d return to direct if Disney offered.

So, for that movie, would Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Hudgens, Corbin Bleu, and Zac Efron be in too?

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